LUCKY STONE PENDANT
The Lucky Stone pendant is an authentic souvenir from Manitoulin Island. Wear a piece of this spiritual island around your neck and you will always feel connected to a natural paradise in Northern Ontario, Canada. Manitoulin Island is in Lake Huron, across from northern Michigan. If you know where Mackinac Island is, youʼll find Manitoulin Island just off to the east.
The pendant is made with a rugose horn coral fossil from Rotary Beach (Fish Point) in Gore Bay. The stone has not been washed, polished or treated, it is raw and natural from the beach. However, please know that the stone will polish itself by rubbing against your clothes or skin, it will get shinier and smoother with time.
This fossil stone is locally known as a ʻlucky stoneʼ and I found it on the beach in the town of Gore Bay. Many of the residents carry a lucky stone in their pocket or purse for good luck. I consider this stone a gift from the lake. Searching for lucky stones on the beach is a frequent activity on the island. Some children are told that these are dinosaur toes... shark teeth.... dinosaur teeth.... One day at the Gore Bay Farmerʼs Market, I was showing some to a young boy and told him these are coral fossils, he said to me adamantly “No theyʼre not! My Gramma says theyʼre dinosaur teeth” So who am I to argue with Gramma? This popular stone is a pre-historic extinct horn coral fossil approximately 500 million years old.
The pendants are individually hand-made by myself. The stone is wrapped in silver-plated wire and I add a glass bead, each pendant is unique but the fossils are all similar in shape, they are cone shaped. All metal used is nickel and leadfree. It has taken me 6 years to develop this pendant design and I am very proud of it.
The pendant has a large loop for you to insert any size chain of your own. It will come with a 22 inch black cotton cord.
Please help keep the waters clean in the Great Lakes region to sustain life for our fish populations. I hope this pendant will help you find your way to Manitoulin Island, a beautiful place to visit!
Please use this lucky stone pendant as a way to start a conversation about protecting our waters and fish in Lake Huron and The Great Lakes region.
Artist and Jewelry Maker
Each fossil stone is shaped by nature. They are basically conical in shape, with a flat top. They can also have a tail that bends one way like a cornucopia and a flat top that faces one way spherically.
In other words, they follow the beat of their own drum. I have a jar at home where I keep the best stones for making pendants. Somewhere between two and two and a half inches long.
I will pick the most symmetrical ones to make the pendants but they are all charming and unique. When you receive your pendant you will see it may have a front and back, it may 'sit' or balance one way or another and that's the way I try to hang the wires and create the loop to show the best shape for a pendant.
The pendant wires are gently malleable so you can twist it a bit, but don't bend it too often the wires may break.
Each pendant is created with silver-plated copper wire. The wire will fit the stone in a snug way.
I create each pendant in exactly the same manner, but they all end up looking one-of-a-kind because of the natural shape of the fossil stone. I always use a glass bead to crown the pendant and provide an ocean coloured accent.
As you can see the stone is natural, unpolished and exactly the way I found it on the beach in Lake Huron.
I just add the wire and secure it as best as I can according to the shape of the stone.